Re: the ultimate in Lyrebird mimicry

Subject: Re: the ultimate in Lyrebird mimicry
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 09:13:20 +1000 (EST)

On Fri, 21 Nov 1997, Michael Miller wrote:

> Captive Lyrebirds at Healesville are very good at imitating mechanical
> sounds. Electric drills, the squeak of a door hinge and the warning "bip" of
> a truck in reverse are the three that come to mind .
> One handraised orphan ,who's name was "Chook", learnt to incorporate his own
> name in his display song.

AHA!!  I'm sure there's a market in this .....  we can train lyrebirds to
say other things like "Which Bank" and, most importantly, "Oh what a

Russell W

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